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Best home air purifiers

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Apartment life is great, especially if you call the fabulous apartments for rent in Los Angeles your home, but even the most luxurious abodes can get a bit stuffy when the temperatures start to rise in the big city. That polluted outdoor air has no business being indoors, and the air inside needs to be as clean as possible for maximum comfort. What's more, they can really help you out if you have allergies or sensitivities to smoke and other air pollutants, as Lifehacker notes:

"Air purifiers are appliances that aid in the removal of air pollutants. They are especially helpful for people who suffer from asthma or allergies and are also used to get rid of secondhand smoke hence, air purifiers are needed if there is a smoker in the house. They can be used in both commercial and residential environments."

So, in the interest of helping you achieve the best air possible in your apartment space, we've rounded up a list of some of the best air purifiers you can get for your dollar, along with some tips for making sure you know how to choose wisely. Read on, and learn more about making your indoor air clean again.

Finding and Using the Right Air Purifier for Your Apartment

Before we jump into the list of picks, let's take some time to sum up the finer points of selecting and using an air purifier to its fullest potential. First and foremost, you'll want to think about the costs of your new air purifier.

We're not just talking about the initial cost of purchasing one, mind you — you'll also have to factor in how much it will cost to replace those filters within your air purifier (it can cost anywhere from a few dollars to over a hundred), and then there are the energy costs from keeping it plugged in to contend with too. Your purifier won't work if those filters are clogged, so you should be prepared to replace them every few months to maintain optimal efficiency and keep your home air nice and clean.

Next up are those noise levels. No filters are completely silent, but you'll want to get as close to no-noise as you can get, especially if you're going to be running it during the times when you're trying to sleep. It might be prudent to look for a purifier with multiple speed settings, so you can run it at a lower setting to cut down on noise when you need to keep things quiet.

You'll want to think about extra features on your air purifier, if those are important to you. Bonuses like a programmable timer, ionizer, dirt sensor, and remote control can go a long way in making an air purification unit easier to handle and more useful. Finally, once you've got your purifier, remember some of the best practices for using it within your apartment:

  • Choose a good location. Since your air purifier needs space to work, you'll want to keep it away from the wall and avoid placing any obstructions in front of it.
  • Mind the flow. In larger rooms, you'll want the flow of clean air pointed in your general direction so you can enjoy it. In smaller rooms, this isn't a big deal since the purifier will likely be able to circulate air throughout the room.
  • Keep the space contained. Your air purifier can only work its magic in an enclosed space. If you've got the doors and windows open, you're defeating the purpose, so keep them shut!
  • Change those filters. We touched upon it earlier, but it bears repeating — your air purifier is worthless if the filters are clogged, so be sure to replace them regularly to maintain operating efficiency.

Got all that? Great. Now, let's get onto talking about which air purifiers you should consider for your apartment space.

Top Air Purifiers to Consider

Dyson Pure Cool Link Air Purifier

This filter from Dyson is said to be both asthma and allergy friendly, so if the summer air has been making you sneeze your lungs out this will come as welcome addition to your apartment. It has both a HEPA and carbon filter to trap those exceedingly small particles, letting you breathe easier than ever before. Be prepared for the price tag, though, which comes in at around $500 from most retailers.

Levoit Compact Air Purifier

If you want something small and cozy for personal use in one of your more diminutive living spaces, the Levoit Compact model makes for a good choice (you can also take it on the go if you're a frequent traveler). At about $90, it won't leave to great a dent on your wallet either. Just bear in mind that this 3-stage filtration system isn't going to be pulling heavy duty in the larger areas of your home.

Alen BreatheSmart Classic Large Room Air Purifier

This model here definitely qualifies as one of the "big boys." Designed for large spaces, the Alen BreatheSmart Classic is set to handle approximately 1100 square-feet, with minimal noise and a Hep-Pure filter that's supposed to knock out 99% of airborne particles (down to a size of about 0.3 microns). All that power and convenience comes at a cost, though, and expect to pay nearly $700 for this well-equipped air purification unit.

Blueair Blue Pure 211+ Air Purifier

For more of a middle-ground choice, Blueair's Blue Pure 211+ is one of the sweetest deals around. Good for rooms up to 540 square-feet in size, it's a perfect choice for most apartments, and its design allows it to pull in air from all sides, leading to quick results once you turn it on. It's energy efficient (using about as much power as a light bulb), and to top it off, you can snag it for about $300 depending on where you look for it.

It Doesn't Hurt to Live in Some of the Best Apartments for Rent in Los Angeles

Of course, your quest for clean air will only be enhanced when you call the luxurious spaces of places like Atelier home. These residences are the pinnacle of contemporary apartment living, positioned downtown on lovely Olive Street, elegantly designed, and filled to the brim with all the amenities you could ask for — what setting could be finer for taking a deep, refreshing breath of clean and purified air? Come make this your new standard for LA living; reach out to learn more about calling Atelier home, and all the fabulous perks that come along with it.